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2019 is coming to an end and it has been an amazing year for watersports in

the country, it’s amazing to see Filipinos enjoying the water that’s all around

them, whether on boats or on boards, everyone is having a great time.

With the Philippines hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, various

watersports organizations are in competition mode; there’s surfing,

paddling, sailing, aquatics and even wakeboarding, However, due to the

competition dates for these events all happening after we go to press,

they won’t be featured in this edition.

In this edition, our featured destination is arguably the watersports Mecca

of the country, the island of Siargao. Known best for it’s more than a

dozen surf breaks all around its eastern coast, it is considered the surfing

capital of the Philippines, drawing foreigners and locals alike to enjoy the

surf and experience island life first hand.

Like in most parts of the Philippines, the hospitality of the people of

Siargao is amazing and the residents are incredibly friendly. Sports’ fishing

is another great attraction for Siargao and anglers from all over visit

Siargao and battle it out with game fish in the area.


All Souls’ Regatta 2019 6

Sustainable Charters Inc. 8

2019 SEA Games 16

Local Legend Victorious at... 22

2019 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup

Shark for Food in the Philippines 28

Get Set for the 20th Hobie Challenge 34

A Boost for Sail Training

Europa Sailing School Opens in Subic


Christmas at SBYC 44

Drowning Prevention, Lifeguard 48

Training and Lifesaving Sport

Bruce Curran A Legend in His Own Time 54

Destination - SIARGAO 60

Taytay, Palawan 78

A Laser Sailor Set Loose on a Goose 80

Round Taal Volcano Regatta 84

Sailing Tips - Steering the Boat 88

The 2019 International Dive Show 90

Lobster Farming in the Philippines 94

In the next edition we will be featuring Zamboanga del Norte, another

amazing destination in Mindanao, we will also be featuring watersports

highlights from the Southeast Asian Games. We hope you enjoy reading

this issue as much as we had putting it together, and Happy Holidays

from all of us here at Active Boating and Watersports Magazine.

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All Souls ‘




ne of the year’s most popular regattas, the Royal

Cargo All Souls Regatta, was held at the Puerto

Galera Yacht Club at the beginning of November.

The All Souls Regatta is also one of the largest

yachting event in the Philippines. It was held from November

1st to November 3rd to coincide with All Souls Day which,

because of the non-working holiday, usually results in a

three-day weekend. The regatta also marks the unofficial

launch of the tourist season in Puerto Galera. A further

benefit of holding the regatta at this time of the year is the

Halloween party hosted by the yacht club on the Saturday

evening when grown men and women relive their childhood

in an atmosphere of fun, frivolity and good natured banter

after an exciting day of racing.

Yachts competing in the All Souls Regatta are divided into

classes depending on the number of boats of a specific type

entered in the event. For keelboats this means that there are

classes for IRC, Racing Cruising and Multi-Hulls, while the

multihulls compete in either the Cruising Multihull or One

Design/Beach Catamaran class. International racing teams

compete alongside novice crews and visiting cruising yachts.

Everyone is encouraged to enter into the spirit of sailing and

to share their yachts with as many visitors who front up for

the Skipper’s Briefing.

The Royal Cargo All Souls Regatta is organized under the

Racing Rules of Sailing using the Puerto Galera Yardstick

(PGY) handicap system, which rates actual performance

above the sometimes arcane theoretical dimensional criteria

which is more commonly used in yachting. This regatta is

based on the ‘pursuit race format’, which means that each

yacht has a different starting time based upon its PGY

(Story continues on page 12)

This regatta is based on the

‘pursuit race format’, which

means that each yacht has a

different starting time based

upon its PGY handicap.


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handicap. If the handicapper got his sums right, and each

boat performs well, the boats should cross the finish line

together. Such an outcome is unlikely, however, although

bow to bow competition is often evident within the last half

mile to traditional finish of Haligi Beach. Skippers and crews

know who won each race so there is no waiting for the results

before the party starts. The (usually) free kegs of beer are

opened and everyone is encouraged

to return to the club-house to rib the

suitably thick-skinned handicapper for

their variable performance on the day.

The weekend started

well with ideal

weather and 28 boats

across three divisions

competing for honors.

This event gets bigger and better every

year and 2019 saw more sponsors

becoming involved. The Principal

Sponsors were Royal Cargo and the

Philippine Retirement Authority, with supporting sponsors,

Chetz Marine, San Miguel, Als Marine and Asia Yachting,

and mainstay sponsor Broadwater Marine who unfailingly

support this regatta every year. The atmosphere throughout

the three days was excellent: exciting races on the water with

a unique race course, constant winds and a perfect job done

by the Race Committee.

Puerto Galera Yacht Club strives to increase the number of

boats competing in the regatta and with the efforts put in by

the club this will continue to increase.

The weekend started well with ideal weather and 28 boats

across three divisions competing for honors; the winds were

constant and favorable and the yachts got away to a good

start on the Friday.

Competing this year in the Cruiser Class

were Aragorn skippered by Gundolf

Ahrens, Papaya 1 – Ador Abrogena,

Papaya 2 – Renie Ticzon, Karis – Colin

McLean, Columbus – John Quirk, Cape

North – Heinz Bueschler, Princes Arieta –

Dale Godkin, Amihan – Sie Adam, Danny

II – Mel Smit, Emocean - Chris Pooley,

Forever Young – Frank Radstake, Stargazer 50 – Joe Musial.

And Talang Gala with Jeremy Ockelford at the helm.

In the Multi Hull Division there were four competing yachts

this year, Lakota – Benoit Lesaffre, Kerida – Gary Kingshott,

Magayon II – Martin Gummert, and Soniya skippered by

Kareem Magill.

Competing this year in the Racing Class Division was Anthea

with Darius at the helm, Bellatrix – Jun Villanueva, Emocean

I – Phillip Schlohsnagel, Esprit – Ross Lyons, Irresistible IV -

Kevin Moylan, Niki – Vincent Fougnies, Rags – Klaas Huisjes,

Sandoway – Matt McLellan, Vineta – Thomas Pickering, Wild

Honey, James Villareal and Selma Star with Jun Avecilla.

A day of fierce competition saw newcomer Stargazer take out

First place in the cruiser class, with Papaya 1 in Second and

Talang Gala securing Third spot. In the Multi Hull Division

Benoit Lesaffre on Lakota took Line Honors while Soniya

came in Second and Magayon II was placed third. In the

Racing Class, Anthea outshone the rest of the fleet closely

contested by Esprit in Second while Vineta came in Third.

Saturday was again off to a flying start with good winds and

with the invaluable assistance of Terry Duckham Regatta

Photographer, and Brian Calvert and Active Boating and


Watersports were on the scene to record the event. The day’s

events were well contested with some quick times recorded.

At the end of the day’s racing everyone began preparing

for the Halloween party and the presentation to the

winners. Most of the ladies spent the afternoon at hotels

like Elizabeth’s Hideaway at the Sandbar diligently putting

on makeup to complement their frocks and outfits, not

forgetting to dab a bit of makeup on their partner. With

the ladies looking suitably ravishing and the men a bit nonplussed

at all the fuss, everyone was ready for a night of fun

and festivity.

The evening got underway at 6:00pm with the presentation

of trophies to the winners of the day: Aragon took the Honors

in the Cruising Class, with Talang Gala coming Second and

Third place secured by Papaya 1. In the Multi Hull Division

we had Magayon II coming in First, Kerida Second and Soniya

holding Third place. In the Racing Class the speedy Vineta

secured First place with Esprit Second and Bellatrix Third.

After the awards it was down to partying with a mouthwatering

buffet menu, free flowing beer and fun galore where the

girls’ make up skills were well and truly showcased. As the

passing hours drew on into the late night, participants retired

to their hotels happy and looking forward to the final day of

racing in yet another memorable regatta.

The Sunday again saw good winds prevail, which further

increased the competitive spirit of the sailors. By now each

boat and crew had formed a greater understanding of the

course and the waters off Puerto Galera and knew the best

approach to the various marks. The final race ended shortly


after 2:00 pm, in time for a late luncheon at the yacht club

and the presentation to the day’s winners. The winners of the

Sunday races were announced first and then presentations

were made to the overall winners of the regatta.

The winners of the day in the Cruising Class were Stargazer

in First place for the second time in the regatta with Talang

Gala again securing second and Princess Aragon claiming

Third spot. In the Multi Hulls it was Kerida first with Soniya

coming in Second and Magayon II Third. In the racing class

Esprit came First with

The Sunday again saw

good winds prevail,

which further increased

the competitive spirit of

the sailors.

a convincing win

over Emocean I in

Second and Bellatrix

in Third place.

Trophies were

presented to the

overall winners with

Stargazer taking

the top spot and declared Overall Champion, while Kerida

secured Second and Vineta took out Third place.

After an excellent weekend of sailing, camaraderie and a

splendid Halloween party, crews, spectators and officials

began their sometimes lengthy journey home looking

forward to a bigger and better Royal Cargo All Souls Regatta

in 2020.

Keep up to date with what’s happening in Puerto Galera at

www.pgyc.org and on the Events Calendar of Active Boating

and Watersports.






total of 10,000 athletes from 11 countries are

set to battle for glory and gold as the Philippines

hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games from

November 30 to December 11.

Boasting home court advantages from venues ranging

from La Union to Subic Bay and Clark, the Philippines will

stage the largest events schedule in the history of the Sea

Games with 56 sports and 530 events across 4 main Areas –

Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and Southern Luzon.

Malaysia is looking to defend its crown as the 2017 host

amassed 323 medals with 145 golds in the last Sea Games.

While the Philippines, with the advantages of home

courts, will be aiming to leapfrog from its sixth place of

121 medals including 24 gold two years ago, with over

1,100 athletes competing in the 2019 Sea Games.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian

Games, the first SEA Games opening ceremony held in

an indoor venue took place on the evening of Saturday

30 November 2019 at the Philippine Arena, in Bocaue,

Bulacan. The event commenced at 7pm and ended at 20:35

local time. Floy Quintos was the creative director of the

ceremony. The ceremony featured LED strips and panels,

which represent a bamboo forest. Filipino gymnast Carlos

Yulo was designated as the torch bearer and lighter of the

cauldron for the opening ceremony, but was replaced by

boxing legend Sen. Manny Pacquiao

One of the performers featured in the opening ceremony

was Filipino-American Artist Apl de ap of the Black Eyed

Peas and in conjunction with Ryan Cayabyab he performed

a remix of his troupe’s song performed with traditional

Filipino instruments.



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2019 30th SEA

Games opening

Filipino delegation


The Philippines will

stage the largest

events schedule in

the history of the

SEA Games.


30th SEA Games logo

The flag of the Southeast Asian Games Federation being

carried by eight Filipino sporting legends

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

waving to the crowd beside

Sultan of Brunei


“The Roots of Our Strength” (Ugat ng Ating Lakas),

featured a dance production by Ramon Obusan Folkloric

Group and dance troupes from different colleges and

universities, starting with Sarimanok dance and traditional

dances including the Ginum of the Bagobo from the

Mindanao highlands, the Pattong of the Kalinga people

The parade is inspired

by the Flores de Mayo

festival and Filipina

beauty titleholders served

as muses for each of the

11 participating countries.

of Northern

Luzon, a dance

inspired by the



art of Arnis, the

Sagayan from


and the Singkil

of the Maranao

people from

Lanao, The soundtrack of the performance is based from

Ryan Cayabyab’s Kyrie Eleison from the musical “Misa.

“The Honor of Competition” (Dangal), featured the La Jota

Manileña dance, a blend of both Hispanic and pre-Hispanic

style. Then, the parade of athletes commenced. As per

tradition, the participating nations entered in alphabetical

order, and finally by the host nation Philippines entering

to Hotdog’s hit song “Manila”. The parade is inspired by

the Flores de Mayo festival and Filipina beauty titleholders

served as muses for each of the 11 participating countries.

Robert Seña performed a welcoming song to the tune of

“Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika.”

After speeches from the Organizing Committee chairman

Alan Peter Cayetano and President Abraham Tolentino of

the Philippine Olympic Committee,

President Rodrigo Duterte officially

declared the games open.

The final segment of the ceremony

entitled “We Win As One”

(Pagkakaisa) began with a dance that

featured capiz lanterns. After which,

all of the performers and dancers came

to the stage to sing the official theme

song, “We Win As One”. In between

the song, a video was shown featuring Filipino boxing icon

Manny Pacquiao and 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing

Championships gold medalist Nesthy Petecio, lighting the

cauldron at the New Clark City Sports Complex. After the

rendition of the song, the ceremony came to a close.

ABW was there and the

activity and excitement at

Subic Bay Yacht Club was

in top gear as sailors from

all 11 countries set out

to show their sailing and

windsurfing skills.

In Subic bay for the water-sports

events commencing on November

30th ABW was there and the activity

and excitement at Subic Bay Yacht

Club was in top gear as sailors from

all 11 countries set out to show

their sailing and windsurfing skills.

We could only cover the first two

days before going to press but

the full story will be in the March


Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan

venue of the opening ceremonies



Local Legend Vic

John-Mark Tokong



Cloud 9


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John-Mark Tokong


The 23-year-old posted

a total of nine excellent

scores in three heats on

Finals Day.

ilipino superstar John Mark Tokong has taken

out the 25th annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup

Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event. Tokong won

the thrilling final against Hawaiian prodigy Noah

Beschen in pumping four-to-six foot

surf at Cloud 9.

In his third Final at his home

event, John-Mark Tokong looked

destined to take his second victory

at Cloud 9, posting near-perfect

totals in his Quarterfinal and Semifinal

appearances (18.75 and 19.05 out of a possible 20

respectively). Tokong’s knowledge of his home break

never looked more on-song than today with the electric

young natural footer getting deeper in the tube than what

seemed humanly possible, then coming out and launching

flawless air-reverses. The 23-year-old posted a total of nine

excellent scores in three heats on Finals Day.

“I’m so stoked right now I can’t even believe it,” Tokong

said. “Last year I got second here and I’ve spent the last

year working so hard to make sure I would win - that just

makes this feel so sweet. I want to say a special thanks to

the late Mayor of General Luna, Jaime Rusillon. We would

not be here today if it wasn’t for all of the work he has done

for surfing in the Philippines. I’ll always be thankful for his

work and have so much respect for him.”

In the Final, as the wind began to turn slightly onshore,

Tokong and his opponent Noah Beschen began to look

more to the air for scores as the classic Cloud 9 tubes

became harder and harder to find. The two went blow for

blow with Tokong holding the upper hand for the majority

of the 40-minute matchup. With only two minutes left,

Beschen took off on a set and lined up for a tube that never

eventuated which forced him to launch a massive straight

air slob grab. Beschen landed the air smoothly and posted

an 8.60 to take the lead and what looked to be his first QS

victory. That was until Tokong swung on a set wave with 45

seconds and pulled into a deep tube, come out and bashed

the lip, posting a 7.80 and taking the final by just 0.05 of

a point.

“In the end, I almost gave up because there was no time

left and then when that wave came I knew exactly what I

had to do,” Tokong continued. “Noah is such a crazy surfer

-- he does so many airs and is so good in these kinds of

waves so it was sick to have a final with him. Being from

Hawaii he’s so good in the barrel and at hitting big sections

so I loved surfing with him at Cloud 9. I hope that he is back

here next year and we can go again in the final.”


Callum Robson

Bronson Meydi

Cooper Davies

Although his clutch rebuttal air was pipped at the post by a

rampaging Tokong, Hawaiian wonder kid Noah Beschen was

stoked to share such a special final with a local legend and

will still leave the Philippines with the best result of his career.

“I am super psyched right now,” Beschen

said. “The whole final day was amazing.

I scored an 8 and took the lead, there

wasn’t much more I could have done so

I am super happy. This is by far my best

result on the QS event so I feel really good

and like I have a newfound confidence. I

just want to keep surfing heats and having

fun. Hopefully, I’ll win the next one.”

“When the waves

are this size and

the wind is like it is

today, this wave is

so perfect for airs.”

After a couple of down days due to small surf, competition

has resumed at the 25th annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing

Cup WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event. The field

has been narrowed to just 8 surfers as the quarterfinalists

were decided in clean two-to-three feet surf at Cloud 9


with the competitors utilizing the light on-shore breeze

to launch huge airs over the shallow reef. 15-year-old

Indonesian representative Bronson Meydi fired a warning

shot across the bow of his opponents today, posting the

second-highest two-wave combination of

the event so far. Meydi’s scores came from

an awesome display of tube-riding, rail

surfing, and massive aerials. His diverse

approach will be hard to overcome as

Bronson treated the Cloud 9 waves similar

to the ones at his home of Lakey Peak on

the island of Sumbawa.

“I was so stoked to get that one wave,”

Bronson said. “To get barrelled and come out and do an alleyoop

is the perfect wave so I was so happy. When the waves

are this size and the wind is like it is today, this wave is so

perfect for airs. It’s a lot like my local wave in Sumbawa with

a barrel at the start then a big air section on the inside so I’m

comfortable here -- I can’t wait to surf the Quarterfinals.”

Thomas Cervi

Elliot Paerata-Reid


Noah Beschen

The iconic Cloud 9 tower was shaking on its foundations

when former event winner and local hero John-Mark

Tokong hit the water in Heat 3 of Round 3. Tokong found

the best waves for the majority of the heat and launched

huge airs much to the excitement of the massive crowds

who came to cheer him on. In the final minutes of the heat,

Aussie Thomas Cervi found two back-to-back medium

sets and got to work, smashing huge backhand re-entries

to move from third to first. Cervi and Tokong will both

progress into the Quarterfinals while reigning event winner

Skip McCullough was eliminated.

“That was pretty heavy having the last two winners of the

event in my heat,” Cervi said. “I’m so stoked to have made

it through that one. I came here thinking I would be getting

barrelled in all of my heats but because of the wind and

tides during my heats, I’ve been getting all of my scores on

turns. It doesn’t matter how you get there its just good to

get the win. I hope it’s pumping for the final day tomorrow.”


Oney Anwar

Siargao Cup 19 Podium

Another Lakey Peak local who progressed into the

Quarterfinals was Oney Anwar who is fresh off a runnerup

finish at the recent So Sri Lanka Pro. Anwar will join

the likes of Tomas King, Callum Robson, Noah Beschen and

Elliot Paerata-Reid in the Quarterfinals at Cloud 9.

The iconic Cloud 9

tower was shaking on its

foundations when former

event winner and local

hero John-Mark Tokong

hit the water in Heat 3 of

Round 3.

Be sure to tune

in tomorrow as a

typhoon swell is

expected to fill in

and we crown the

2019 winner of

the Siargao Cloud

9 Surfing Cup in

pumping surf. Final

scores were Filipino

John Mark Tokong

16.80 besting the Hawaiian Champion Noah Beschen by

the narrowest of margins with final score of 16.75. Claiming

the coveted trophy and the $6000 USD (306,000 Pesos)

prize money, while runner up Noah took home a purse of

$3,000 USD.

Each year the Siargao gets bigger and better so we can’t

wait to see the abundance of spectacular surfing the 2020

season will be sure to offer.


John-Mark Tokong


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While shark finning has become a multibillion

dollar business for the lucrative sale of shark fin

soup it has also become a huge threat to the

world’s shark population. Shark finning refers to

the removal of the shark’s fin, usually while it is alive with

the fish being thrown back into the ocean without its

fin. Unable to swim they sink to the bottom of the ocean

and die. In many countries the practice has been banned,

requiring sharks to be brought back to port, whole. In many

countries the sale of shark fins has been banned.

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Shark finning refers to

the removal of the shark’s

fin, usually while it is alive

with the fish being thrown

back into the ocean

without its fin.

This aside, shark

flesh can be quite

delectable if

prepared properly.

In fact, shark has

been passed off

as more expensive

fish species in

restaurants and

fish shops worldwide for many years without, for the most

part, being detected. If your order a dish of Rock Salmon,

chances are you are eating shark.

The topical waters of the Philippines, lying along the

equator, bestrides shark migratory routes enabling it to play

host to more than 150 of the 400 shark species that roam

the world’s oceans with the Whitetip reef shark and tiger

shark being the most popular caught by anglers among the

Philippines Islands.

In the Philippines, most sharks are not protected. Only the

whale shark and manta are protected nationally. Sharks

are also a great sport to catch, so don’t throw them back

prepare them for the table.

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Oceanic Whitetip Shark Size

sharkfins illegal catch

Shark fin soup

As sharks urinate through their skin it is important to clean

the flesh thoroughly before cooking or the flesh becomes

inedible. If you intend using that shark you have just caught

for tonight’s meal you will need to immediately remove the

head, gut it, bleed it and skin it. Once that is done you will

find a dark or red strip that runs down both sides of the

flesh, use your fillet knife to slice just under the dark surface

and remove it. Now you can slice the meat into manageable

steaks ready for the freezer or the BBQ. A sniff of the

prepared flesh or even shark you have purchased will detect

any ammonia odor which is a sign that it hasn’t been cleaned


Crime blotter illegal

shark fin catch



Whitetip reef shark at Tubbataha

There are many, many recipes for preparing shark for the

table, but the most popular and my favorite is thick shark

steaks on the BBQ. Shark is a lean meat with very little fat,

so you might like to marinate the steak for a couple of hours

before throwing on the Barbie to help keep it moist and


To grill the perfect shark steak, place the meat on the hottest

part of the grill and sear each side for two minutes creating

nice grill marks and good color. Move the steaks to a cooler

part of the grill and cook for another four to five minutes

on each side. Keep seasonings simple by using citrus, fresh

herbs, minced garlic, or ginger.

Of course they can be pan-fried in the same fashion or

even skewering cubes of meat with whatever vegetable you

desire for shark kabobs.

Whichever way you prefer to cook your shark, it is a very

underrated seafood table fare.




Get Set T

for the

20th Hobie


he Philippine Hobie Challenge is a long distance

race organized by the Philippine Inter-island Sailing

Foundation, Inc. (PHINSAF),using the Hobie 16 sailing

catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company.

Sometime late 1999, a small group of international Hobie

16 catamaran sailors envisioned an extreme sailing event

that will take them to different islands in the Philippines;

six days in the open seas and camping in rustic areas. Thus,

the Philippine Hobie Challenge had its relatively modest

start in March 2001 with five (5) regional teams making

the 190 nautical-mile passage from Lucena, Quezon down

to Boracay. Michael Scantlebury, who was in the group that

conceptualized the event, eventually took the honours of

winning the first Challenge.

Dreaming the Impossible

The highly successful inaugural event proved the concept of

long distance racing in Hobie 16 catamarans to be workable

and the Challenge had its repeat in March 2001. This time,

entries had more than doubled to twelve (12), including

teams flying in from HK, Australia and Europe. Using

experience gained during the first event, the organizers

scheduled a 5-race inshore series and the Challenge

series with 5 consecutive daily passages, taking the

teams 154 nautical miles from the Batangas resort

of Maya-Maya down to Maricaban Bay in Northern

Palawan. The team from Down Under, Andrew Keag

and Naomi Angwin, bested the rest of the fleet to

win the 2nd Philippine Hobie Challenge. In 2002, the

Challenge went northwest, taking fifteen (15) teams

from Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur down to Subic Bay, Zambales.

Blood Red, the team of Chris Steilberg, Dave Harris and

Krishan George took honors in this 230 nautical mile race.

Subsequent Challenges

In 2003 the offshore Challenge series started from the whale

shark capital of the Philippines, Donsol, and ended down in

Cebu. Peter Davies, with David Harris, finished first, and with

1 win at Donsol and 2 in Alegre, Haswell and Heider made up



for their relatively poor offshore performance by garnering

a first in the Inshore series. 2004 marked the 5th Hobie

Challenge one of the best challenges ever, taking the sailors

from the icing sugar sands of Boracay all the way across to

Palawan. This marked the largest fleet of Hobies yet - 27

teams from all over the globe. This trip included a visit to

Amanpulo and even an African style safari on Calauit Island.

Now the organisers are preparing for the milestone of the

20th Hobie Challenge in 2020 and are looking forward to it

being one of the most successful challenges yet.

An important part of the Challenge is the Outreach Program,

which provides an opportunity for sailors to give back to the

communities that the race will pass.

A great success

Now firmly cemented into the

Hobie Sailing schedules, organizers

of The Philippine Hobie Challenge

are pointing their sails towards

new and exciting routes. Set on

promoting sailing as a means to

see the eco and adventure tourism

destination that is the Philippines,

they can only promise another

superb event.

Indeed, the Philippine Hobie Challenge is fast growing to be one of

the most exciting and anticipated sailing events in Southeast Asia.

The 17th Hobie Challenge had a major setback when 21

Hobies were lost to depths in very bad rough weather. After

deciding the rough seas were far too dangerous the Hobies

were dismantled and loaded on a boat for the next leg but

were never seen again when the boat sank. But with the

help of Monchu Garcia and his company Rayomar new

hobies were delivered to the sailors at a special Christmas

regatta held at Lake Taal Yacht club. And everyone was back

as strong as ever for the 18th Challenge.


The Outreach Program

provides the following aid to

the beneficiaries: Renewable

Energy Enterprises Foundation

of Oakland, California (REEF)

provides SOLAR LAMPS- The

remote areas where the challenge

ventures rarely have electricity

and the outreach program

provides solar lamps that provide

up to 8 hours of lighting for

children to study by. Since it can eliminate the use kerosene

lamps, the solar lanterns improve family’s indoor air quality.

The result children are less often missing school; the lanterns

save family’s 30 % of their income, and provide evening light

for families. The solar lanterns are free to families and last five


Indeed, the Philippine Hobie

Challenge is fast growing to

be one of the most exciting

and anticipated sailing

events in Southeast Asia.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES- Giving children these materials will

help them continue learning and reduce the cost to their parents.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES- These contributions will greatly help

community health centers to provide for basic health needs

and first aid treatments.





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A Boost for

Sail Training,

Europa Sailing

School Opens

Words & Photographs


in Subic

Bénéteau First 14

flying a spinnaker


Aplace steeped in maritime history and presently a

bustling hub of commerce, industry, and leisure

and competitive boating, Subic Bay is the perfect

location to immerse oneself in the joys of sailing.

Soon, this sport will be a whole lot more accessible to

aspiring sailors in the Philippines, thanks to the upcoming

launch of the Europa Sailing School.

A collaborative effort between

the Subic Sailing Club and

Europa Yachts, the school will be

inaugurated before the end of 2019

and will be another major step in

the fulfilment of the club’s mission

to raise the quality of sailing

education in the Philippines.

“The Subic Sailing Club

believes that sailing is a

sport in which Filipinos

can excel and be among

the best in the world.”

According to Richard Sarinas, Europa Yachts’ Director of

Marketing and Business Development, their company is

proud to be partners in this endeavor with the Subic Sailing

Club, whose mission has always been to raise the level of

awareness and consciousness of every Filipino regarding

the Philippines’ maritime heritage.

“The Subic Sailing Club believes that sailing is a sport in

which Filipinos can excel and be among the best in the

world. We at Europa Yachts are thrilled to be of the same

mind with our friends at the Subic Sailing Club in their desire

to make this vision a reality.”

“Indeed, with the inauguration of the

Europa Sailing School, the club will be able

to share their expertise and love for sailing

while being able to repose confidence in

the thought that there will soon be a new

generation of sailors who will make the

country proud,” Sarinas said.

More details on the Europa Sailing School,

such as the exact course offerings, are

still forthcoming. But one important fact

about the sailing program is for certain: students will be

honing their craft aboard Bénéteau First 14 sailing dinghies,

courtesy of Europa Yachts.

The First 14, whose design was spearheaded by renowned

naval architect Sam Manuard, is a fourteen-foot sailing


dinghy with a planing hull built for speed and stability. Even

though she is a simple boat, her top-quality craftsmanship

is a nod to Bénéteau’s legendary racing heritage. This model

was also recently awarded in the “Class of 2019” in SAIL’s

Best Boats contest.

Bénéteau First 14 heading

for the water at the

Subic Sailing Club

The Bénéteau First 14 sports a double centerboard casing that

makes her easy to sail either solo or two-handed. Moreover,

even with her small size, she can comfortably balance and

This model was also

recently awarded in the

“Class of 2019” in SAIL’s

Best Boats contest.

accommodate 2 sailors

when they’re sailing in

tandem. The First 14 is

know to be fast, stable,

intuitive, and a highly

versatile boat that can

be maneuvered by

sailors of all abilities—and that means first-timers to sailing

won’t need to worry about a steep learning curve while on


According to Sarinas, Europa Yachts hopes that by providing

boats for the school, they can do their share in helping the

Subic Sailing Club achieve its goal of elevating sailing in the


“We support the Subic Sailing Club’s mission to create and

sustain awareness for sailing in the Philippines through

instruction and education, as well as through community

building. Hopefully, these boats will go far in terms helping

sailors get a good start on their sailing education,” Sarinas


Lighthouse Marina in

Subic where the Subic

Sailing Club is based

Bénéteau Fist 14

sailing dinghy




Words & Photographs


Tis the season and the signs of Christmas are going

up all over town. There is no place that loves the

Holidays more than the Philippines, and Subic Bay

Yacht Club is leading the parade.

For the first time, boaters will join the merriment, the First

Annual Lighted Boat Parade will be on

December 13, at 1800 hrs. Brilliantly

lighted boats, sea-going carolers and

Santa himself will be seen in Subic

Bay. The boats will gather at SBYC,

make a pass through the club marina,

where dinners and visitors can get a

closeup view. The Parade will then go

around to the Subic Bay BoardWalk

and public beach area, making a Turn

at the Lighthouse and return to the


Spectators are encouraged to gather by the big SUBIC BAY

sign on the beach where the parade will pass by. Other

locations to view the parade are the restaurant at SBYC

and the Light House where you can enjoy a meal, toast the

parade and wave at Santa!

The staff at Subic Bay Yacht Club have gone over the top

decorating the club this year. This is the fifth year that

the staff have turned the Yacht Club in to a Christmas

wonderland. The staff are divided into five teams, each

getting a selection of the talent within the staff, welders to


Ho Ho Ho, Subic Bay

Yacht Club is all in for

the holidays, come join

the fun, take your whole

family to see the Carnival

and watch the Lighted

Boat Parade.

artists to designers. The competition is stiff this year with

reported prizes up to 100,000 pp, donated by club members.

The theme this year is Carnival! And a carnival it is. The street

in front of the club has transformed into a childhood dream.

Merry Go Rounds, Ferris Wheels, colorful Unicorns going

round and round, simply stunning, the

height limit for the structures was raised

to thirty feet this year, creating some

engineering challenges all well met.

Over two hundred people attended

the big opening and lighting of the

Carnival. SBMA Chairman, Wilma

“Amy” Elsma pulled the lever and

darkness miraculously was transformed

into a Christmas wonderland. SBYC

Commodore Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo

hosted a great dinner at the clubhouse after the festivities.

There we had a chance to talk about promoting the boating

aspect of the club, he was very supportive. The prizes will be

awarded at the annual staff Christmas Party where the teams

also do skits and other merriment

Ho Ho Ho, Subic Bay Yacht Club is all in for the holidays,

come join the fun, take your whole family to see the Carnival

and watch the Lighted Boat Parade, Tis the season!

(For information on the boat parade contact Capt. Brian

Calvert, brian@furthuradventures.com).




Drowning Preven

Training and Life



fesaving Sports


Photographs as Credited


he vision of a “Drown-free” Zambales continue

with Zambales Lifesaving Inc. (ZLI) having a very

successful year which included expansion of their

Swim-safe program through the added support

of Ally Dot Com, Smile Concepts and

Sustainable Charters, allowing them to

support more children to join and educate

more parents, plans for 2020 include

being able to promote the program and

take reservations for the program, which is

free to the public, within one of the major

shopping malls in the Olongapo area,

once again Lighthouse Marina Resort in

SBFZ and Palmera Garden in Iba will, as in previous years,

be supporting the program with free use of their facilities.

This program is unique as it is not swimming lessons as such,

it is more on awareness and safety and consists of a short

lecture explaining not only the many dangers that can be

present is recreation areas, but also in and around the home,

in fact anywhere where water is a factor.

Very few people realize how many infants and children

drown in the home through water being left in pails and

especially plastic containers used for washing clothes, such

simple things can be deadly to children.

Another thing that is impressed upon is “reach or throw,

but do not go!” as an untrained person attempting to assist

another in trouble in the water can quickly become a second

victim, so it is impressed upon the children and their parents,

to think and act, rather than just react,

This program is unique

as it is not swimming

lessons as such, it is

more on awareness and


as to do so, most would jump into the

water to help, which can have deadly


AS ZLI has been requested to join the

Zambales Provincial Government Heath

Board, it is hoped that will allow us to

show the reality of the high cases of

drowning amongst children and that more pressure can

be brought to understand that drowning prevention for

children should be a priority.

Lifeguard training, is continuing with an increase in the

number of participants and expanding to other areas also,

with the permission of Australian Life Saving Academy, New

South Wales, ZLI has remodeled the program so as to be

able to combine both Pool Lifeguard certificate course with

the Open Water Lifeguard certificate course, this making it

easier to meet the required minimum 10 participants, they

have now also converted all exams and the self assessment

manual into both Filipino as well as English, this making

it easier for participants, the power-point presentation


emains in English as many of the technical issues can only

be done in English, but the Instructors also fully explain all

in Filipino.

This has also resulted in the streamlining of the course

structure and in fact enhancing the final results, this allowing

ZLI to maintain a low cost structure thus making Lifeguard

training available at a very affordable price. The one item still

affecting the outcome of the pass rate is a number of those

who apply, or are sent

A number of those

who apply, or are sent

by their employers, do

not have the physical

and swimming skills


by their employers, do

not have the physical

and swimming skills

required, despite all

being fully informed of

the requirements prior

to registering. ZLI has

a very strict policy on

passing the course as

they can and will not

pass any person who may be placing their own safety in

jeopardy, as well as that of the victim, due to their physical

inability to carry out a rescue. To try to overcome this ZLI

has introduced a system whereas a student who fails, has


30 days in which to practice and improve their skills and

be retested, thus allowing trainees a second chance should

they have problems during the initial exams or in water test


For 2020 the following dates have been selected for training,

they are: January 27th., February 27th., March 23rd., June

22nd., September 28th. And November 23rd.

All will be combined Open Water, 5 days and Pool. 4 days,

Lifeguard certificate courses.

For 2020 also ZLI will be introducing a “Scholarship

Program” whereas unemployed youths, male and Female

will be able to train for almost free, why almost, as if no

investment, generally no commitment, in return they will

also be required to assist at Swim-safe and events in return.

Lifesaving Sports

It has been a sad year for lifesaving sports with the sudden

and untimely death of Prathaiyut Chuayuan (Affectionately

known to all as “Nat” ) head of Phuket Lifesaving Club

and the father of both lifesaving and Lifesaving sports in

Thailand, in respect to Nat, this year’s Phuket Lifesaving


Championships will not be run, Nat was the driving force

in lifesaving in Thailand and will be greatly missed, his wife

Tanya though has taken over the reins and we at Zambales

Lifesaving wish her great success in continuing Nat’s legacy.

This year’s Zambales

Lifeguard Challenge was

a huge success, as was

the second running of

the Nipper’s Carnival for

kids 5 years and above.

We are not sure why,

but this year Cebu

Lifesaving Inc. did

not run their annual

Cebu Lifeguard Rescue

Challenge so nothing

to report on that, so

unfortunately our

lifesaving sports teams

have not had a lot of

practice, hopefully more events will become available, as

lifesaving sports is a great way not only to maintain fitness,

but also to learn new techniques and make new friends.

This year’s Zambales Lifeguard Challenge was a huge success,

as was the second running of the Nipper’s Carnival for kids 5

years and above.

2020 will see the Nipper’s Carnival held on Saturday March

7th. Again sponsored by Broadwater Marine and RDH Marine

who are expanding their sponsorship to accommodate more

contestants as interest is growing in this event. Venue is yet

not confirmed, but most likely Palmera Garden in Iba who

have supported this since its inception.

The Zambales Lifeguard Challenge will be held on the

following day, Sunday March 8th. at the same venue, again

sponsored by the Standard Insurance Co. Inc. and Tees and

Prints , who joined the event last year as the supplier of the

competition and officials uniforms.

For further information of Zambales Surf Life Saving and the

Swim Safe Programs Contact Roger Bound at slszambales@

gmail.com or phone +63918-922-2863.




A Legend

in His



August trip


Published book: Balangay

Since the first publication of Active Boating and

Watersports in September 2010, one of the most

amazing characters I have ever had the pleasure

of meeting is Bruce Curran, world famous author,

adventurer and philanthropist.

An avid supporter of the magazine, Bruce is a regular

contributor of stories outlining his amazing adventures in

some of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines.

Bruce is one of those fascinating characters with an absolutely

amazing background. Scottish by birth, Bruce’s father served

in the Royal British Army Medical Corps for 35 years. This

meant the family would have been relocated every few years

and is probably what instilled the wanderlust and thirst for

adventure in Bruce.

Bruce’s incredible adventures on land started back in 1971

when he rode his newly acquired Norton Commando from

New England which he still has today and fondly named

Published book: Combing

the Coral Carpet

Bruce is one of those

fascinating characters

with an absolutely

amazing background.

Buri princess Palawan



Photographs from the

collection of BRUCE CURRAN


Our banca SW of Mindoro

Dementer, after the Greek “Goddess of Life”, riding across 17

countries and a few continents which started in England to

Pakistan, Europe, and The Middle East culminating in Africa.

His Watery Adventures began - by sailing some 30,000

miles partly on a 40 year old 37 foot wooden ketch which

was rebuilt in Sydney, Australia and sailed for 2 1/2 years

from there up to Darwin, 6 1/2 weeks non-stop to Mauritius

Island, on to South Africa, on to St Helena island in the South

Atlantic then to Brazil. He also sailed along the south coast

of UK, around SE Asia, based in HK for 10 years then some

8000 miles around the Philippines This amazing adventure

continued on into the Philippines, first arriving here in 1988.

It was love at first sight, so set sail in his 43 foot yacht from

Hong Kong, moving here in 1997.

South Africa, 1972

His unquenchable thirst for adventure continued and with

7107 Islands to explore, Bruce quickly realised the only way to

experience these was by boat. So in 2006 he started a Banca

Safari Business so he could full-fill his dreams. He kept the

43 foot centre cockpit balsa cored fibreglass ketch designed

by Ted Brewer in HK and Philippines for over 10 years. He

could trip with up to 8 people safely on board and sailed over

10,0000 miles around these areas.

The amazing adventures experienced on these Safaris inspired

Bruce to write the best seller “Combing the Coral Carpet”

which is now in its 2nd print.

Bruce continued to write about these amazing adventures

and now has over 20 publications Including Blow ur Horn,

The Voyage of the Balangay, The Bakers Dozen and the Rule

of 72, Urban Stew and the Manila Menu, just to name a few

of this amazing writers best sellers.

Bruce is now contemplating a 48 day ride around the country

hopefully in March 2020 to celebrate here 48 years touring

the World!

Norton 2019 in Subic


From a magazine


Time for a

beach brake




It’s not just about the Surf

Words & Photographs




iargao located in the province of Surigao del

Norte, is an archipelago in itself consisting of more

than 40 islands with Siargao being the largest.

The area consists of 9 municipalities, 8 of whom

are located on the main island, these are; Burgos, Dapa,

Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro

and Santa Monica. The 9th municipality of Socorro is the

second largest island in the group and is on the island of

the same name.

The name Siargao originates from the

Visayan word siargaw or saliargaw a

species of mangrove that is found on

the island, in fact one of the largest

mangrove forests in the Philippines

can be found on the western side of

the island in the municipality of Del


In the late 80’s an

American drug

trafficking, surf

explorer named Mike

Boyum lived in a small

hut by the beach in

General Luna.

Up until the 80’s Siargao was nothing more than a sleepy

island town in the Caraga region of Mindanao. The Lumad

island folks subsisted through fishing, harvesting coconuts

and not much else. In the late 80’s an American drug

trafficking, surf explorer named Mike Boyum lived in a

small hut by the beach in General Luna, this was after Mike

burned down his G-Land surf camp in Java, Indonesia

during a government crackdown and found Siargao as a

place to hide out as well as surf. The area

where his hut stood in Siargao fronted an

area that will eventually be called Cloud-9,

named after a locally made chocolate bar.

Other surf explorers came around the

same time including surf photographer

John Calllahan of Surfer Magazine and the

surf breaks of Siargao grew in renown. If

you want to know more about this story

you can look for a documentary film called

The iconic Cloud 9 Tower


it is now completely reliant on Tourism, coconuts are no

longer harvested for their copra and fishing in the town

has practically disappeared, fishermen have become trike

drivers and tour boat operators and coconut harvesters

have become surf instructors.

“Sea of Darkness” about surfers who sustained their

addiction to surfing with illicit activities.

Overall, the change that surf tourism has brought

about in Siargao has been a positive one. New business

establishments have been set up providing employment

for its residents and property values have skyrocketed,

allowing locals to invest more in the island’s development.

The local government has been involved in the development

of surfing on the island from the very beginning, in fact,

the former Mayor of General Luna, Jaime Russillon (now

deceased) is credited by many as the father of Philippine

surfing. The former Mayor helped set up the infrastructure

to support surf tourism in the area such as the iconic

Cloud 9 tower and Surfing events such as annual Siargao

International Surfing Cup, now on its 25th year. (read page 22)

More than any other watersport, surfing

is a lifestyle, it has changed communities

from Nicaragua to Bali. All one needs to

get started in surfing is a surfboard and

consistent waves called surf breaks, which

the eastern coast of Siargao has plenty of.

Other than open water swimming, very

few watersport activities requires so little

investment, this fact has allowed the sport

to take hold in a community in less than a

decade. Surfing has changed Siargao forever, so much so

that the municipality of General Luna or GL as locals call

Overall, the change

that surf tourism

has brought about

in Siargao has been

a positive one.

The natural features of Siargao has made

it the surfing capital of the Philippines,

with more than a dozen surfing spots

all around the side of the island facing

the Pacific Ocean. The depths of the

Philippine Trench helps ensure the tide

from the Pacific has sufficient power

when it hits the reefs near Siargao’s

eastern shore creating wave breaks that

surfers love. The most famous of these

spots is Cloud 9, known for its barreling waves preferred

by professional surfers, a short distance north from Cloud

Learning area near cloud 9 with smallers waves for newbies



Dako Island, General Luna

9 has more subdued waves near the shore which are ideal

for beginners, these are where many surf instructors are

and where newbies go to learn. To ensure your safety make

sure that your instructor is a licensed instructor of the

Siargao Island Surfers Association (SISA).

Filipinos wanting to try surfing for the first time need not

travel to Siargao to experience it, there are surf camps to

be found all over the country Zambales, La Union, Aurora,

SISA surf instructors

insructing students to

bend their knees when

riding board


Quezon and Daet are a few

provinces with great wave

breaks. There’s even a Surfing

school just on the outskirts

of Metro Manila operated

by the Philippine Surfing

Academy that uses a wave

pool in Taytay, Rizal to train

newbies with the essential skills one needs to enjoy surfing.

Hardcore surfers

are known to drop

everything in their

lives for the perfect


Hardcore surfers are known to drop everything in their

lives for the perfect wave. Many have changed residences

to be closer to the surf, this is true in Siargao where a

good percentage of the residents are of foreign origin.

For foreign and local tourists they might look like tourists

themselves but when they start speaking in Visayan to

the locals, it’s a giveaway that they’ve been on the Island

for some time. Resident foreign surfers have made sure

that the locals keep their priorities straight, the local

government knows this and is mindful that the Island

doesn’t make the same mistakes of Boracay that lead to

the island’s closure. Programs such as “Balik Bayod” helps

ensure that kids stay in school, Balik Bayod lends surfing

gear to children for free since 2008, provided that they

finish all their schoolwork and don’t skip classes.

Coastal cleanups are also regular activities in that town that

are participated in by both local and alien residents. Other

Tour boats in front of the GL Tourism Office

initiatives by the local government are also commendable

such as the plastic for rice program. Plastics are a major

polluter of the world’s oceans and we all should do our

part to reduce its use, and it’s always a good idea for

travellers to bring our own drink containers wherever we

go rather than purchasing

drinks in disposable plastic

bottles or cups.

Other watersports have

tried to get a foothold

in Siargao with limited

success, kite surfing is

gaining in popularity on

the island during Amihan

season but is only available

in selected resorts, wind

surfing is also available, as

well as kayaking, there’s

even a wakeboard park

on the island, however,

nothing quite beats the

economical appeal and

thrill that surfing has to

offer. Stand up paddle

(SUP) boarding which has

its roots in surfing has had

relatively good success, in

fact, one of the best organized SUP events in the country

the Philipppine Deep Paddle games (featured in the

September issue of ABW) is held in Barangay Santa Fe in

General Luna.

One watersport in Siargao that is gaining local and

international popularity is game fishing. Siargao is but a

stone’s throw away from the Philippine trench, a haven for

predatory game fish such as Barracuda, Sailfish, Trevally

and Dorado. The Municipality of Pilar an hour drive north

from General Luna is a popular venue for game fishing

tournaments. Port Pilar is a natural harbor with a deep

inlet, unlike GL, fishing is very much alive in this town.

Anglers from around the world come down to Pilar for

game fishing tournaments regularly held there, two of the

biggest ones being the Siargao International Game Fishing

Tournament, and the Pilar Sportfishing Cup.

How to get up from the board


Getting there

There is no international airport on Siargao as of yet, and

there is news that one might be built. The domestic airport

in Del Carmen is how most visitors to the island arrive, there

are regular domestic flights into Siargao from, Manila, Clark

and Cebu. The port in Dapa handles

ferries and small passenger boats

coming from Surigao City. If you’ve

booked accommodations in General

Luna in advance, vans at the airport

are readily available to take you to

where you’d be staying. You can hire

the van as an exclusive service or just

wait for other passengers who would

also be going to General Luna to get

The domestic airport in

Del Carmen is how most

visitors to the island

arrive, there are regular

domestic flights into

Siargao from, Manila,

Clark and Cebu.

self-drive rental cars available and is a practical way of

getting around especially if you’re travelling as a group.

Because you are on an island with no cities, most transport

you’ll see are motorcycles and maybe a few trikes, riders

in the area are courteous and well mannered, there are

no streetlights in the sparsely populated areas, so a little

extra care is needed when driving at

night. If you’re not comfortable riding

a scooter, trikes abound especially in

the GL area. There are also motorcycle

riders you can hitch a ride with called

“habal-habal” if you want a quick

way of getting around. It’s usually

always handy to have a riders’ number

in case you need to get somewhere

and don’t have a ride available.

Sport fishing in Pilar

Gaming fishing in Siargao

Siargao Sport Fishing Association

cheaper fare.

Getting Around

The best way for adventurous tourists to around Siargao

and truly experience island life is by rented scooter,

they are available for as little as 300 pesos per day and

depending on how adventurous you can be, they can really

get you all over the island to see the sights. There are also



Make sure to bring sunscreen

on your trip to Naked Island

Due to the popularity of the Island

as a tourist destination, there’s an

infrastructure building boom in

General Luna. The road network is

being paved and bridges spanning

several river deltas and estuaries

going to northern barangays of

General Luna are being constructed,

these can significantly reduce travel

Tourism Road in General Luna


The island is practically

its own archipelago

with more than 40

islands and islets in its


distance from Cloud 9 to the town of

Libertad from 19 kilometers to 4.

The area around Cloud 9 can get

really busy around summer vacation

and surfing season between July and

December and you will understand

why some locals call the place “Crowd

9” during that time. Nonetheless,

there are many other places to visit while in Siargao.

The island is generally unspoilt and the people are really

nice, and is a great example of simple island life in the

Philippines, with the exception of maybe the Cloud 9 area

which has its own nightlife. The island is practically its

own archipelago with more than 40 islands and islets in its

surroundings. Island hopping is one of the most popular

tourist attractions promoted by the local governments of

several municipalities in Siargao.

The municipal tourism office of GL runs island hopping

trips from its tourism office, the most popular one is

a three island hop to Naked island, Dako and Guyam

Islands, several resorts also offer package tours for groups

that include meals and boat use, make sure to ask about

it if you’re staying at a resort. Naked island is called

that because it’s exactly that, there’s nothing on but a

nice white sandy beach. bring ample sun screen though,

ecause other than the boat you came on there’s no shade

from the sun at all, folks usually stay for some pictures

and swim around the crystal clear waters but not much

else. Dako Island is the biggest island in the GL island hop.

This is where tourists’ usually stop for a sumptuous meal

served boodle-fight style on banana leaves or just laze on

the beach or even play beach volleyball, there are huts and

tables for rent if you brought your own food. After a quick

bake in the sun on Naked Island, Dako is a nice place to

get some fresh coconut juice.

Time your departure from Dako just right and you can

watch the sunset at your next stop the cute island of

Guyam, it’s slightly larger than naked island and is a nicely

palm fringed island with a white sand beach. They serve

refreshments there too and there are some rock pools

around the island where you can take a quick soak while

watching the sunset. Guyam is only 10 minutes away from

the GL pier and is usually the preferred last stop on the GL

island hop. Other than those three islands, the GL port can

also be your take off point by boat to other scenic islands

around Siargao, like the Sohoton Island Natural Park

on the neighboring island municipality of Soccorro with

its amazing lagoons with overhanging forest greenery,

stingless jellyfish can also be found in Sohoton. There’s

also Bucas grande island with its coves inland lakes, rivers,

waterfalls and caves.

Accessible by road In the municipality of Pilar known for

its game fishing, Pilar is about 70 kilometers north of GL.

One popular tourist destination in Pilar is Mapupungko,

Guyam Island is usually the last stop on the GL Island Hop tour


it features natural tidal rock pools with crystal clear water

great for taking a dip in and snapping some instagrammable

photos, The beach area around Mapupungko has several

small restaurants where you can get local seafood delicacies.

A little to the north of Mapupunko is the municipality of San

Isidro, where Pacifico is located, the area around Pacifico is

not as touristy as General Luna and is a quiet place to relax

and get away from busy surf spots like Cloud 9. Pacifico

another promising surf spot with similar breaks to that of

Cloud-9, the nice thing about Pacifico is that the breaks are

closer to shore with a nice sandy stretch of beach.

Mapupungko Rock Pools

Angela Dindee Relayo

The Municipal Port of Del Carmen and Tourism Office

is around 10 kilometers from the Airport, it is quite a

distance away from GL and can be one one of our first or

final stopover destination when on the Island. They have

their own island hopping trips there

too with Sugba lagoon being the most

popular destination. If you look at Del

Carmen from google maps, it looks it’s

surrounded by islands, but when you

switch from map view to satellite view it

looks like the place is one big contiguous

green land mass with a few rivers. This

is because Del Carmen is the site of

the biggest mangrove forest in Mindanao, approximately

4200 hectares where 44 out of 54 mangrove species in the


The nice thing about

Pacifico is that the

breaks are closer to

shore with a nice sandy

stretch of beach.

world can be found, it is also home to the largest type of

saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus).

Sugba Lagoon is located in Caob island around 9 kilometers

away from the Del Carmen port, to get there

by boat is about a 30 to 45 minute boat

ride around the scenic mangrove forest.

Sugba Lagoon is a peaceful place to paddle

around as well as swim around, it’s quite a

distance from the mangrove forest and you

don’t have to worry about crocodiles there.

If you’re a swimmer don’t forget to try out

their diving platform into the clear lagoon.

Various paddle craft are also for rent in the area, kayaks,

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Kids performing at the opening of the Siargao Surfing Cup

Warung’s Nasi Bungkus

For a little bit more, your trip to Sugba Lagoon could

include a trip to Kawhagan sandbar as well as meal stop at

Pamomoan Beach where we hear the seafood is very good.

Where to Eat

Because of its vibrant tourist industry there is a wide food

selection, all sorts of international cuisine is available,

there are probably a lot of Italian surfers on the island

because one of the more popular dishes I’ve seen around

is pizza. Don’t expect much seafood in GL though, expect

a lot of grilled meat. For the those of the vegetarian or


(046) 489-2087

Sugba Lagoon Visitors Center

vegan persuasion there are restaurants for them as well.

One popular restaurant I was able to try was Kermit known

for its Pizza and Pasta, the place looks to be sailor friendly

too, their rum-coke gets cheaper as more rum is added.

For those of the vegetarian

Another Popular

restaurant if you

or vegan persuasion there like spicy food like

are restaurants for them as I do is Warung,

operated by the


Siargao Islands

Villas a popular

resort in GL, I got to try their Nasi Bungkus, which is a

rice platter comprised of the spicy beef rendang stewed

in coconut milk, chicken curry, hard boiled egg, and

vegetables, it was delectable. down the road from that

is Azuete an inasal place with great tasting grilled food

that makes me want to ask for more rice. Majority of the

restaurants and resorts are on the eastern side of the

tourism road loop, expect prices to be on the high side. If

looking for more affordable meals ask a local or if you don’t

mind a trip into town you can try Bebi’s barbecue in the

middle of GL town, their barbecues are served with their

own special sauce. Another affordable place I discovered

near the area of Cloud-9 that helped appease my hunger

pangs without breaking the bank was the Sidlakan Burger

house who served burgers fresh fruit shakes and halohalo.


Dving platform in Sugba Lagoon

Part of the massive magrove forest in Del Carmen

Pamomoan Beach

Places to Stay

Ocean 101


GL is backpacker

friendly and finding

places to stay even

during peak season

is fairly easy.

For the budget traveller

there are homestay

options, some places

can even prepare

meals along with your

accommodations, there are

bed and breakfast places

too around the island.

While we were in GL covering the Siargao Surfing Cup we

stayed at Ocean 101 resort owned by an Australian and his

Filipina surfer wife, Ocean 101 is 50 room hotel with nice

clean accommodations, it’s around a hundred meters from

Cloud 9, if you want something closer to cloud 9 there’s

also Point 303 which is also owned by the same couple.


Other popular resorts and hotels on Tourism road in GL

include Siargao Bleu, Siargao Island Villas, Bravo, Palaka,

Reef Beach Resort and Buddha. There are several more,

ranging from simple to the posh, it all depends on your

budget as well as your taste. GL is backpacker friendly and

finding places to stay even during peak season is fairly easy.

kayaking in Sugba Lagoon

Don’t limit your stay to GL though, there are other great

places to stay on the main island of Siargao and the

neighboring islands. For a relaxed island feel but still with

surfing options, check out Pacifico in the municipality of

San Isidro. Accommodations might be limited, and it’s a

good idea to make arrangements before arriving especially

if staying overnight.

Boards for rent at Cloud 9

Siargao Island


Map of Siargao

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Limestone Wall, Pabellon Piqueno, Taytay Bay

Table and Branching Corals at Dinot Marine Protected Area


Pabellon Grande, Taytay Bay


n our September issue we featured a hidden gem of

Palawan, namely Taytay. This beautiful place has so

much to offer the traveller that they might not want

to leave.

Inside Heart Lagoon, Pabellon

Grande Island, Taytay Bay

Active Boating and

Watersports would like

to recognize Sustainable

Charters Inc. and Taytay

Tourism office for the

awesome photos supplied

and used in the story.

One thing that

Active Boating

and Watersports

was remiss in its

publication of

the story was not

acknowledging where

the beautiful photos

came from

Although it was stated in the on line version the hard copy

missed this important information.

So to set things right Active Boating and Watersports

would like to recognise Sustainable Charters Inc. and Taytay

Tourism office for the awesome photos supplied and used

in the story.

To Whet your appetite for this beautiful place here are some

more photos for you to enjoy.

Waterfalls Kuyawyaw

Sunset off NE of Palawan main

island behind a Pearl Farm


A Laser Sailor

Isurvived seven years of boring Singapore, or ’Singabore’

as I sometimes call it because I could sail my Laser every

Saturday in a competitive field of 10-15 peer senior

Laser Standard sailors. My ’Sexy Lexy’, a light-green

Australian built boat, imported new into Thailand in 1999,

had followed me untouched to USA, France, Switzerland in a

crate and had come out to see daylight and sea waves again

only in 2012 on the Singapore

Strait. For seven years she kept

me sane.

This year I moved, a fresh

’retirado’ to the Philippines and

of course my loyal fiberglas

heartthrob followed me. I

looked at many locations to

resume my addictive Laser

racing but couldn’t find any -

not close enough or without

a racing fleet.


Photographs by ROY ESPIRITU

Thom hiking upwind on a Goose

After a visit I fell in love

(again, as I knew the place

since 1996) with the Taal Lake

Yacht Club (TLYC), an easily accessible

location, accommodating staff and a great

sailing venue - unfortunately, no Laser racing,

however a thriving and very active site for

a fleet of racing Oz Goose dinghies, a dinghy

I had never heard of before, with an unusual

spartan design (no BS, rather boxy, wood

only, straight

September, I joined

in a TLYC-organised

regular race in a

rented Oz Goose

and was immediately

hooked on the

incredible challenge.

lines, with a

classic lug rig with the

boom and yard staying

on one side of the

mast) but apparently

attractive enough to

have created quite an

active participation in

Lake Taal and in other

places in the Philippines.

September, I joined in a TLYC-organised regular race in

a rented Oz Goose and was immediately hooked on the

incredible challenge and fun it was to sail these basic

beautiful boats.

As a thirty-year-plus Laser aficionado it was of course

impossible not to compare the Oz Goose characteristics with


Set Loose On

A Goose


Thom on his Laser Sexy Lexy

Thom with Oz Goose designer

Michael Storer

Thom on a rented Oz Goose

on Taal Lake

the Laser features - aware of doing an apples to pears exercise;

not fair to both designs but interesting enough for dinghy lovers.

The Goose doesn’t sail attractively very close-hauled and

can’t be tuned during a race, but once you got it going in

good wind the close-hauled experience becomes thrilling -

sitting much further back than in a Laser and playing with

the ’heeling power’ of making the hard

chine as part of the anti-drift effect the

boat goes fairly well upwind. (Broad)

Reaching the speed encountered is not

much less of a Laser and the experience

of speeding over the water, easy

planing, is similar, if not better: one flies

a basic honest design over the waves as

good as an Olympic class! Running in

firm winds it is stable and without the

chance encounters with fatal capsizes the Laser guarantees.

Forced to make a race comparison between Laser and

Oz Goose - an unfair request but ’torn between now two

lovers’ I will still try:

The Laser is unforgiving when ignoring its many technical

sensitivities (especially running, hard wind, tacking, jibing)

but the Oz Goose will not let one get away with strategic


So, I am a formal Goose

convert now and will use

my old Laser for fun on

Lake Taal while taking the

’Goose challenge’ for the

near future in racing.

incompetence - eagerness to tack a lot near the mark

resulting in losing boat speed, close hauled - going too high

too early, impatience with velocity while on the port tack with

the yard leaning on the mast, sitting too far forward... funny

enough when you obey simple Oz Goose rules the boat will

perform great. She needs a bit of time to get going but then

when she goes... she goes!

So, I am a formal Goose convert now and

will use my old Laser for fun on Lake Taal

while taking the ’Goose challenge’ for

the near future in racing, with the ever

expanding fleet. Goose strategy is finer

and more comprehensive than Laser

racing as it requires far more longer term

tactics than the often on-the-spot Laser

approach - start is less critical, but clear

wind and lengthy good moving tacks are of the essence. It is a

better mind game hence!

A local Goose sailor with help from the designer of the boat

are now building a new boat for me and I can’t wait for the

full 2020 season.

Philippines will show, also for this reason, to be more

exciting than Singabore. Go Goose go!


For competitive sailors based in Taal Lake, the third

weekend of November is one of the most anticipated

events of the year, as this is always the date when

the annual Round Taal Volcano (RTV) Regatta is held

and organized by the Taal Lake Yacht Club (TLYC). Now on its

20th year since it was first conceptualized by avid Hobie 16

sailor Noel Lim. Hobie 16 races have always been a regular

feature at TLYC, but local Hobie sailors wanted more than

just going around the cans, in 2000 the Round Taal Volcano

Regatta was born and a little later a weeklong inter-island

regatta called the Hobie Challenge was conceptualized .

The RTV is open to all types of sailing boats, however, for

safety purposes, only the faster Hobie 16s do the volcano

island circumnavigation. Over the years, the RTV has seen

all kinds of sailboats, there were Toppers, Hobie Bravos,

Streaker dinghies, Optimists and a wide assortment of

homebuilt sailboats. This year, there were just Hobie 16s and

Oz Goose Dinghies, both regulars of TLYC’s monthly races.

The north-east monsoon or Amihan is usually in full swing

by the third weekend of November and provides great sailing

regatta weather, with consistent amihan breezes from 8 to

20 knots. This year, however, with tropical storm Kalmaegi

(Ramon) battering northern Luzon the weather forecasts

were far from usual. Forecasts showed very light habagat

(south west) winds from 2 to 4 knots on the first day of the

regatta with a possibility of better weather on the second

day but still coming from the south west.

At the pre-race briefing, TLYC Commodore Peter Capotosto

discussed the planned courses and races for the day, he

mentioned that the first race will be the Noel Lim Memorial

race, wherein all boats will be racing the same course

and winners will be determined by a handicap rating. The

second race will be the RTV race, however, because of the

light weather, it was determined that instead of doing a

circumnavigation of volcano Island the Hobies will instead

go around Bubuin island twice, while the Oz Geese will be

rounding Bubuin once. Peter, also announced that the “15

minute rule” will also apply to Hobies, the 15 minute rule

allows for races to be started without having to wait for

the last boat to finish. The 15 minute rule states that the

race will finish 15 minutes after the first boat crosses the

line, boats that don’t finish within that time will get a did

not finish (DNF) score, which is the number of participants

plus one. Racers that think they cannot finish within 15

minutes after the first finisher can opt to retire, by crossing

despite not finishing the course and announcing to the race

committee that they will retire that race, these racers will get

a score of the last finisher plus one, which is usually better

than a DNF score.

A light Habagat wind came at around noon and the racers

headed out, a simple windward - leeward course was set

up for the Noel Lim memorial race. The Hobies started

first, then the Geese. As the race progressed the wind

was getting lighter and lighter and even the faster Hobies

were having a difficult time finishing the course, Jose

Gonzales crossed the finish line first for the Hobies. The

wind eventually died down to almost nothing and the race

committee had to shorten the course for the Geese. Out of

the 12 Geese that raced only half finished the race while

the rest chose to retire, Pralympic sailor Cherrie Pinpin won

Forecasts showed very light

habagat (south west) winds

from 2 to 4 knots on the first

day of the regatta with a

possibility of better weather

on the second day but still

coming from the south west.

84Round Taal Vol

the first race for the Geese. The fleet then headed back to

the club to have lunch.

A little after two pm the weather started picking up and it

looked like there was enough weather to do the RTV race or

in this case the Round Bubuin race. It was a light Habagat

once again and the racers were off. After a great start by

the Hobies, race leaders Maria Vidoeira with Tomas Camelo

and Glenn Everret with Jana Everrett found themselves less

than one boat length apart for more than 40 minutes the

entire upwind leg towards Bubuin, every little adjustment to

improve speed was matched by the other to do the same. It

was challenging and technical sailing by both pairs. Because

of the lightening weather conditions the race committee

decided to shorten the Hobie RTV race, instead of going

around twice they only had to round it once. After the long

RTV race the Hobies still had time and enough weather to

complete another in-shore race.

It was a different story for the Geese, sailors with light wind

experience and have sailed around Bubuin during Habagat

clearly had an edge over those with experience in mostly in

moderate weather and have never rounded Bubuin. Michael

Storer lead the race all the way. There was still a good amount

of daylight when the leaders rounded the island, however at

around 5pm the wind was starting to disappear, as the sun

set, the Oz Goose fleet commander called TLYC for rescue

boats to start towing the stragglers while there was still some

daylight left. At around 5:15pm Michael crossed the finish

line and 15 Minutes later the race committee ended the race.

Ashley Best who was second, didn’t make it within the 15

minute cut of period and the race committee decided to just

determine the rankings based on where the boats were as they

ended the race, that way DNFs won’t be across the board. All

Geese eventually found themselves back at the club at around

19:30 with the last four being towed by the committee boat.

The shortened course for the Geese during first race meant

that the first race couldn’t be counted as the Noel Lim race.

Before the RTV race started the race committee decided that

the Noel Lim race and the RTV race will be the same race

since both fleets will go around the same course, this meant

taking finish times of all boats as they crossed finish.

Awards for the Governor’s cup or RTV race and the Noel Lim

memorial trophy were awarded in the evening of the first

day. Maria Vidoeira with Tomas Camelo won the Governor’s

Cup for the Hobie 16 Class and Michael Storer won it for

the Oz Goose Class, The Noel Lim Memorial Cup was a big

surprise and was won by Michael Storer beating Maria and

Tomas by more than 17 minutes in corrected time.

The wind forecast for the second day of the RTV regatta

showed better weather than the day before, however, for

most of the morning all the racers and visitors had was

paddling weather and for some reason it was fortuitous.

Broadwater Marine, one of the major sponsors of the

reggatta scheduled a stand up paddle board race with Red

Paddle inflatable SUP boards for the racers and the race

committee for the morning of the second day. Great prizes

were up for grabs for the winners, there were Barz Optics

sunglasses, Broadwater Marine caps and Dry bags. And

since the sailors and race committee had nothing better to

do, most participated in the SUP race and had a great time.


Photographs by BARRY DAWSON

lcano Regatta85

At around 11 pm there was a hint of Salatan (Southerly)

wind coming up and a Salatan windward leeward course

was set up by the race committee to take advantage of it.

At around noon it was off to the races. The Hobies started

first, followed by the Geese, the Hobies were to take course

2 or twice around the windward mark while the Geese were

to take course 1 or once around the same. The Hobies

started well with a good 7 - 8 knot breeze, however when

it was time for the geese to start it dropped to less than

5 knots and eventually went down to nothing before both

fleets finished. Four Hobie 16s out of 10 had to retire from

their race and only two out of the fleet of 13 racing Geese

finished the race, with seven of the racers did not even reach

the windward mark and chose to retire.

Marks were set up near shore well in view by the rest of the

club and the audience cheered them on as they went around

the Red Paddle buoys. All competitors had timed runs and the

ones with the best time to complete the course wins. There

was the men’s division, women’s division and a race committee

division. The participants paddled the course to beat last best

time. The best time

overall was set by Hobie

Tropical Storm

Kalmaegi (Ramon)

didn’t dump rain

on the racers but

wreaked havoc on

the racing weather in


sailor Glenn Everret who

won the Men’s division

and was the only one

to finish the course in

under Four minutes,

completing the course

in 3:59, The Women’s

division was won by

Goose sailor Jen Doctora

who managed to still get

the best time despite

going around two marks

instead of just one, while the race committee division was

won by Ronnie Valencia. A special honorable mention was

paralympic sailor Cytie Bernardo who came in third in the

women’s division despite her limited hand dexterity.

Overall, this year’s RTV was nothing at all like past RTV’s

when racers were blessed with great racing weather. Tropical

Storm Kalmaegi (Ramon) didn’t dump rain on the racers but

wreaked havoc on the racing weather in Talisay the seven

races scheduled for the series were not completed and the

Hobie class had to settle with four races and the Goose class

three. Despite this, the sailors and guests had a great time

partying instead. Booze was never in short supply thanks to

sponsors San MIguel Beer and Very Old Captain Rum. Great

meals were available to keep the sailors full from sponsors

Batangas Lakelands and Broadwater Marine.

Maria Vidoeira with Tomas Camelo came in first in the Hobie

Class in the 2019 RTV regatta, while Glenn with Jana Everret

and Jose Gonzales with John Bendole came in 2nd and 3rd

respectively. For the Oz Goose Class Michael Storer came in

1st, followed by Thom Kleiss and Ashley Best for 2nd and

3rd. A “B” fleet was started for the Oz Goose fleet this year

for beginning sailors, while a B fleet has been around for the

Hobies for quite some time, Butch Gemora with Jen Doctora

won in the B fleet of the RTV Regatta in the Oz Goose

Class, while Itong Torres with Eric Tomacruz won in the B

fleet of the Hobie Class.

Leper Clinic




Article excerpts reprinted from the book



Sailing Tips

You’ve always been interested to sail, but you know little about boat parts, the confusing techno-babble, and what

little you know is making your head spin in four different directions! Worry no more. This continuing series of articles

is for you: it covers tips regarding hardware present on most boats, as well as common sailing techniques, terms and

definitions, the names of the different pieces of hardware, and much more. This will keep you informed about most

things you will need before you begin your own sailing excursion. Be sure to consult with an experienced sailor and someone

knowledgeable about boats.

Apparent wind

If the navigator draws the

speed and direction of the

apparent wind and the created

wind to scale, joining the points

A to C will give the direction

and speed of the true wind.

With the boat on a close reach,

the true wind is weaker than

the apparent wind, and comes

from further aft. On a broad

reach, left, the true wind is still

from further aft but is stronger

than the apparent wind.

Steering with a tiller

The helmsman’s role on a sailing boat is a vital one since he is

directly in control of the boat’s course and performance. On

every cruising boat there should be more than one person

capable of steering proficiently on all points of sailing, in both

open and congested waters.

On any point of sailing, except close-hauled, the boat’s

course is determined by the passage plan or chosen heading.

Normally, the boat is pointed towards the destination, or a

land or sea mark en route, or it is steered on an appropriate

compass course worked out by the navigator. The helmsman

must be able to steer a more or less accurate course (to a

tolerance with 5° of the required heading) so that the navigator

can then plot the course correctly. Beginners often use too

much helm and the boat weaves a rather unsteady course as

a result - all helm movements should be kept to a minimum.

Steering to a visible mark is easier than steering a compass

course. When sailing to a windward destination the boat will

often have to tack several times and in these circumstances

the helmsman should aim to get the best performance out of

the boat, rather than steer to a predetermined heading, but

he must make a note of the average compass heading he is

steering and inform the navigator what it is, and if it changes.


Taking a transit

Whenever you are sailing in tidal waters, the movement of

the water in relation to the seabed will always affect the

course you sail or your boat speed, or both. Most of the time

it is the navigator’s job to calculate the effect of a tidal stream

or current and to plot a course which will allow for it. However

there are times, when sailing in sight of land, when you need

to be able to adjust your course by eye to allow for a stream

setting across your course. You can do this by taking a transit

either ahead or astern of the boat. It consists of lining up two

fixed points - land or sea marks - and steering the boat to

keep them constantly in line. In a cross-stream you will have

to point the boat uptide of your objective to keep the objects

in line. If you do so, your boat will actually move crab-wise

across the seabed, but you will achieve the most direct and

the quickest course to your chosen destination.

Steering a compass course

Every boat should have at least one large compass fixed

to the cabin bulkhead or some other point where it can be

clearly seen by the helmsman, from either side of the boat.

Most ocmpasses show the course on a card which is marked

in degrees from 0° to 359°, clockwise around its face. To steer

Steering the Boat

a particular course the lubber line in front of the compass

must be lined up with the appropriate degree number on the

card. If the helmsman is told to steer a particular compass

course, he should try to find a land or seamark more or less

in line with this course, and then use the mark occasionally

as a heading, rather than the compass, so

he doesn’t strain his eyes from watching

the compass continually. Beginners often

forget which way to push or pull the tiller

to bring the boat back on course if they

wander off it. To correct an error, if you

want a course higher than the one you

are on (say from 110° to 180°) turn the

bow of the boat to the right (starboard)

by pulling the tiller to the left (port). To

decrease the course (say from 180° to

110°) turn the bow of the boat to the

left (port) by pushing the tiller to the right (starboard), until

the required number lines up with the lubber line.

The effects of leeway

Whenever the boat is sailing on or above a beam reach

the effect of leeway has to be considered, as under these

conditions there will be a certain amount of side slip as well

as forward movement. The result will be that the boat is

pushed to leeward of the point at which it is pointing, and

this amount of side slip has to be calculated, and taken into

consideration in the course steered. When steering for an

objective on a course when leeway is present you should aim

the boat slightly to windward of your objective to counter

the effect of leeway. When sailing out of sight of land, the

navigator will have to estimate its likely effect. In most welldesigned

cruisers you would normally expect leeway of 5°

or less when sailing upwind in moderate conditions, possibly

increasing to 10° or more in strong winds.

than before the wind shift as the no go zone will have moved

further away from you.

Apparent Wind

The sails always have to be set at the correct angle to the

wind, but It may surprise you to know

that there is more than one wind. the

true or natural wind, and the „apparent

wind’ a combination of the true wind

and the wind created by the movement

of the boat. When the boat is sailing

with the true wind forward of the beam,

the apparent wind will be stronger and

angled further ahead than the true wind.

When the boat is sailing with the true

wind aft of the beam, the apparent wind

IS weaker than the true wind, but still

comes from further ahead except when on a dead run when

there is no difference In direction. In practice, the only wind

you feel when sailing is the apparent one. However, It can be

useful for the navigator to be able to calculate the strength

and direction of the true wind, as shown below.

Beginners often use

too much helm and

the boat weaves a

rather unsteady course

as a result - all helm

movements should be

kept to a minimum.

25 regulator center

console boat helm


Wind shifts

Although it may appear to be so, the direction and strength

of the wind is never constant. Being aware of shifts in the

wind and knowing how to use them is vital when sailing close

to the wind. Any minor alteration in wind direction will be to

your advantage or disadvantage depending on whether it is

a “freer” or a “header”. A header is a wind shift in which the

direction of the wind changes so that it points more from in

front of you. On a close-hauled course, it will prevent you

from reaching your objective on one tack. If it is ignored,

the boat will slow down and stall, and you will have to bear

away to get the sails to fill again. Your course then alters away

from your destination and you will have to put in another

tack. A freer is a wind shift which has the opposite effect to

a header. As you sail along close-hauled, constantly luffing

up and bearing away to find the edge of the no go zone, you

will find that you will be able to sail closer to your objective

Boat compass yacht


The white printed lines on the face of this compass are the main and 45 lubber

lines. The centre one should be used to read off the heading if the viewer is

directly in front of it. The two lubber lines are used If the is seated to one side but

the degree number used will be different to the actual heading.




Dive Show


Photographs as credited


The 5th annual Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Show, the

largest international diving was again a huge success.

Held on the 6th to 8th of September at SM Mega

Mall, and is now considered to be the biggest and

best gathering for diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists,

dive tour providers and anyone with a passion for the brilliance

of an underwater experience. The DRT Show again has been

met with an overwhelming response

by service providers and divers

alike as an important regional and

international event.

The DRT Show Philippines is a

‘must visit’ diving destination

event as it featured all the toplevel

exhibitors such as leading dive

equipment manufacturers, water

sport equipment manufacturers,

dive resorts, national tourism

organizations (NTOs), as well as marine conservation and diving

organizations, providing the latest information, happenings

with diving in the Philippines. The expo also included travel

trade activities such as a by-invitation-only business-tobusiness

meetings between foreign buyers and sellers.

The DRT Show promotes to the fullest extent trading and

export business, and is now the most important event in the

Philippines for diving equipment and diving destination events

in Asia Pacific, with all the top-level exhibitors and leading

dive equipment manufacturers,

water sport equipment

manufacturers, dive resorts, tourism

boards, marine conservation and

diving organizations. The DRT

Show’s arrival to the country was

a much anticipated expo, and it

did not disappoint, as it brought

together diving enthusiasts, marine

conservationists, dive industry

stakeholders, international dive

media as well as national tourism

organization NTOs; which can only help to heighten global

awareness about the Philippines as one of Asia’s best diving


DRT Shows are being met

with an overwhelming

response and enthusiasm,

and are now considered

highly important regional

events in promoting trading

and export business.


Now right across the Asia Pacific, DRT Shows are being met

with an overwhelming response and enthusiasm, and are now

considered highly important regional events in promoting

trading and export business. Each year, LX Development Group

organizes 4 diving and resort exhibitions, generating a total

of 600 exhibitors from 48 countries, and more than 50,000

registered visitors from 56 countries. This can only boost

the diving industry

With the growth

of diving in the

Philippines, diving can

only get bigger and


in the Philippines,

considered to be one

of the world’s diving


With the growth of

the diving in the

Philippines , and the

knowledge that the

Philippines is the home of some of the best dive sites in the

world spread far and wide across the Philippine archipelago,

diving in the Philippines can only get bigger and better.

This year seen the visit of mermaids, as well entertaining

and posing for photos with the many thousands of visitors

to the expo. Active Boating and Watersports were in the


prime position as the Mermaid was situated near. The ABW

information Booth.

If you missed the opportunity to visit and see this exclusive

2019 dive and resort travel event, held each year at Mega

Mall, be sure to be put this event on your bucket list for the

2020 DRT Show.

The DRT Show is the only professional dive exhibition in the

Asian region supported the by General Administration of

Sport of China (HR Resources Development Center), China

Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Guangdong

Vocational Institute of Sport, Hong Kong Trade Development

Council (HKTDC), Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT),

Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP), Tourism

Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA),

Okinawa Prefecture Government, Okinawa Convention &

Visitor Bureau (OCVB), Japan Recreational Diving Association

(JRDA), Japan Wetsuits Manufacturers Association (JWMA),

and Japan Scuba Association (JSA).

For more information, please check out the website – http://


Watch out in up and coming editions of Active Boating and

Watersports for the 2019 dates.


Lobster Farming in I

Although they will feed on

a large range of animal food

lobsters prefer shellfish.




Photographs as credited

Most individuals salivate at the thought of

sitting down to the unique flavor of a boiled

or steamed lobster meal with their favorite

side dishes. Whereas it can be very expensive

to eat lobster in a restaurant, even here in the Philippines,

cooking it yourself is considerably more economic.

Catching them yourself, however, can be a little dangerous

unless you are well versed in the strict regulations on

catching lobster imposed by the Philippines government.

These regulations include minimum mesh size if netting,

quota and size limits, closed seasons with heavy penalties

for catching “berried females (females carrying eggs). It is

much safer proposition to purchase your lobster from a local

farmer where you can pay as little as 800peso per kilo.

Lobster farming has become a lucrative business in the

Philippines and you can find lobster farms in most coastal

areas of the country, from small farms catering for just family

and friends to large scale farms such as those in Surigao

where lobsters have become a profitable export business.

Generally, regardless of size or purpose, farms are built

in similar fashions. They are constructed close to farmer’s

residence and in some cases below their abodes from native

materials with cages of bamboo covered with netting in

shallow waters close to a deep channel with a steady flow

of current through the cages.

While wild caught seed lobsters (juveniles) are widely

used throughout the Philippines to seed farms making the

harvesting more seasonal, some purchase their seeds at

around 250 peso per 100 fingerlings which will fetch about

1100 peso each on maturity.

Although they will feed on a large range of animal food

lobsters prefer shellfish. Farmers generally feed their

seedlings on seafood refuse purchased cheaply from seafood

markets while others feed them on food caught locally

around their farms. Depending on the size of fingerlings, it

can take 5-10 months for them to grow to harvest size.

So you have decided not to risk catching lobster yourself,

but, why not build your own farm? That would be cheaper

than buying them. Think again because it is not just a

matter of building cages, shoving your seeds in, feed them

for a few months, catch them and eat them. The farm site

is vital to good results and its size has to be in ratio to

number of fingerlings you are raising. Then how much

you feed them has to be proportionate to their weight.

Lobsters shed their shell at different stages of growth and

become very sick during that time, so you have to know

how to deal with that.

Let the people who know what they are doing do they hard

work, pay them a little for it and just enjoy the proceeds.







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